Lawyer Ben Rose describes former client Tulisa as 'amazing'

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Lawyer Ben Rose describes former client Tulisa as 'amazing'
16th October 2014

The kickboxing lawyer who defended Tulisa Contostavlos has described the former NDubz singer as ‘amazing’.

Ben Rose told the Headline Interview he was emotionally ‘moved’ by the case which saw Tulisa accused of allegedly brokering a cocaine deal. 

"I think she's an amazing young woman," he said.

"She's at the middle of this media storm, her career is on hold during the prosecution and investigation.

"I just take my hat off to her in the way she held herself together, the way she presented herself to the public, to the courts. 

"And she came across as the person that she is."

When the deal was actually set up by The Sun’s ’fake Sheikh’ undercover journalist Mazher Mahmood.

The case came to a dramatic close when the judge ruled that Mr Mamood had attempted to persuade a witness to change their evidence under oath. 

Ben said he doesn’t believe the courts have done enough to ‘reign in’ some aspects of the media and investigative journalism. 

 

As well as Tulisa, the 51-year-old’s client list includes troubled Tetra Pak billionaire Hans Rausing and artist David Hockney.  

Growing up in Primrose Hill, Ben was a self confessed wild child and has was disinterested at school.

His mother has been quoted as saying she always knew her son would end up in criminal law, she just never knew which side. 

 

During in his late teens, Ben was involved in a voluntary organisation working with a group of young men arrested over social disturbances in 1981. 

He said it was here that he first started to learn and become interested in criminal defence law.

 

Ben said he found the criminal justice  system was failing young, vulnerable people.

With friends, he set up Youth at Risk - a charity which works with youngsters in the criminal justice system. 

 

His first high profile case was that of Andrew Adams who was accused of carrying out a ‘gangland’ style execution on a teacher in Newcastle. 

Despite receiving dozens of letters and requests each week, Ben said he was struck by Andrew's case. 

 

Talking about recent court cases, Ben said he believes more cases related to Jimmy Saville and Operation Yewtree will come forward. 

He said there has been a ‘collective blindness’ to a certain type of behaviour in the past, which will lead to more cases. 

 

He has also criticised the Metropolitan Police for how it executes stop and search warrants. 

He said although the laws surrounding stop and search are good, statistics reveal there has been a year on year rise in Met Police targeting young, Afro-Carribbean men. 

 

In addition to being a high profile lawyer, Ben has also been crowned British heavy weight kickboxing champion. 

He also has a deep interest in politics but has said he is 'not cut out' for party politics.

 

 

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